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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffErratic Date: Aug 7, 2004 5:53am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: Problems downloading whole directory.zip under MacOS X?

i've heard similar complaints, but it seems that a mac prog called "zipit" extracts the files correctly . "stuffit" (native mac zipper i guess) gives that error.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffaaron m Date: Aug 7, 2004 9:26am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: Problems downloading whole directory.zip under MacOS X?

yeah, i'll 3rd this. the default file handling of zips on macs (just osx?) doesnt handle them correctly. i believe this has been addressed before by the archive.org ppls.. but the most anyone can seem to do is to recommend a different application. ah well ;]

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffsimon c Date: Aug 7, 2004 3:12pm
Forum: netlabels Subject: Possible solutions (was Re: Problems downloading)

Well, here's the scoop.

First, we actually have a FAQ about this nowadays, hurrah:

http://www.archive.org/about/faqs.php#206

It says:

'If you have a Mac running OS X, the default unzip utility (Stuffit) does not deal well with those Archive ZIP files that are 'compressed on the fly'. You may see an empty directory - if so, then try downloading Zip Tools for Mac OS X and using the drag and drop software within that to unzip your download. [Make sure you save your download to your desktop before trying things on it.]'

As far as a longer-term solution, what's gonna happen _fairly_ soon is that we will skip the ZIP on the fly stage altogether, because all Archive downloads will have 'real' ZIP files - right now only the newer releases have that. However, this means we need lots more disc space and lots of machine re-arranging before we can write all those extra ZIP files (it effectively doubles the size of the data).

So I'm hoping this'll happen in the next month to three months. At that point ,the Mac OS X problem (which is annoying!) should go away forever, hurrah!

Thanks again,
Simon.
[Archive admin.]